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12/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter
There's No Place Like Home
for the Holidays

“Christmas is, of course, the time to be home -
in heart as well as body.”

- Garry Moore
(31 Jan 1915 - 28 Nov 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being repeated from three years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Home For The Holidays - Perry Como

BONUS #2 - - Home For The Holidays - Richard Carpenter, 1984

BONUS #3 - - Home For The Holidays - The Osmonds


     Happy Birthday today to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 12/12/08 - "Aging":

Dear Carol,
I received this on my birthday.  I just thought it was worth sharing, especially for those who are having birthdays.
Mary Massey Lyle    Class of '61

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

  Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their
hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).



Thank you so much, Mary!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/12/08 - "Merry Christmas Greeting":

Hi, Carol:
After reading the "Merry Christmas" post by 
  Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA my blood pressure rose to a point that it seemed appropriate to stand up on the old Soap Box.
We are reminded of the warning by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan when he was our Ambassador to the United Nations that the then Soviet Union would not have to conquer the United States of America, we would fail because too many Americans do not understand and appreciate our Freedom (paraphrasing) and it sure rings true with our Congress taking control of Insurance Companies, Commercial Banks, and other Quasi-Government institutions, using tax-payer dollars. Talk about a transfer of wealth!!! The politicians must believe their own "politically correct speak" as it shrouds any speck of truth behind any statement.
And by the way, Tsars headed agencies in the Russian Empire, so why do we name the head of the "War Against Drugs" a "Drug Tsar"?
And now the term "Car Tsar" keeps being bounced around by our elected representatives in Washington DC as someone who might oversee any potential "bail out" of the domestic auto industry.
Surely the free enterprise system is designed to handled businesses that produce expensive products no one wants to buy. Financial institutions that are poorly managed or just plain greedy must fail. Congressional interference with this system is going to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Got to get down off the Soap Box before I fall off.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis - and be careful with your blood pressure!

From - 12/12/08 - "Feeling Appreciative":

Gratitude - These Three Words Can Get You Through Anything! Even the Holidays!
By Barbara Zagata, Dec. 9, 2008


Don’t Stress~Manifest!

Truly, just stop and think about this and while you’re at it take a big, deep breath.

When is the last time you worried about something and that helped the situation in any way?

Imagine turning the blender on with the lid off -- this is what you do with your energy every time you stress out about something. You totally dissipate the power you have to consciously create what you would rather have.

If you think stress is out of your control, consider this. You know how your spouse or best friend gets really stressed out over certain issues and you don’t? You are able to help shift their perspective because you just don’t “get it,” not like they do. Thank God!

On the other hand, there are issues that push your buttons that completely wouldn’t faze someone else. This is because stress is a learned response. Just becoming aware of this can help you recognize that maybe what’s creating your distress isn’t really worth giving your energy to…

What if instead you chose to focus your precious life force on what you want to create? Instead of worrying about how you are going to pay for something, every time you have enough to pay for anything and I mean anything, use that as an opportunity to feel as much appreciation as you can that you have enough to buy that or pay for that.

While you’re at it, instead of feeling resentful about the cost of something, what is it about that expense that you can feel grateful for? A warm home? A family vacation you took while the kids were still young enough to actually enjoy spending family time together (ex. credit card debt). Cultivate gratitude.

The more you focus on gratitude, the more you will have to feel grateful for and affirming “enough"..."always enough" is far more empowering than focusing on a specific number.

When you are in this feel good place its prime time for dreaming about something you would like to create or manifest that you don’t already have. Vividly visualizing this while imagining you already have it and feeling truly grateful for having that is what will bring this into your reality.

More than anything outside of yourself, your own inner resistance will slow down the process of achieving any goal. Inner resistance can show up in many forms -- doubt, unworthiness, longing because you’ve never had it before…

Notice where you have a “kink in the hose” and as you clear those “kinks” and open your channels to receive manifesting will get easier and easier. One day you’ll find yourself living a life of beauty, abundance and joy and feeling grateful for every precious moment you get to feel fully alive, joyfully, playfully, creating your life.

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      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/12/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   This is another recipe I might make while I'm visiting in Illinois (when we get bored from eating all those sweet desserts):

Quick Chicken A La King

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1/2 cup butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cups instant rice
2 soup cans water
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    To Use Immediately: Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken breasts in 9” X 13” baking dish. Spread dry rice evenly over chicken. In separate bowl mix together soup, melted butter and water; pour over rice & chicken. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake (or Freeze) 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and done. Remove chicken and mix together rice and juices – let stand for 5 minutes. Serve rice, with chicken on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
   To Freeze: Prepare entire dish as directed above and freeze prior to baking. Place cheese in separate ziplock on top. When ready to use, thaw in fridge over-night and bake as directed (350° for 60 min) or bake straight from freezer for 2 ˝ hours at 350°.

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/12/08 - "Ford Motors":

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and  invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car. They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the  dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours, and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their  first names would be shown, And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show Lo, Norm, Hi, and  Max on the controls.

So, now you  know...the rest of the story

P.S. Don't lose your sense of  humor during these challenging times!

    You would be delighted to know the extent to which I bit for this, Sweetie! Thanks, Ronnie!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/03/08 (but not discovered until 12/08/08) - "All these pictures are made from FOOD" (#6 in a Series of 7):

This is really cool, look closely at each picture; most everything is a kind of food.

Lots of detail & tons more imagination than I have...

   Thanks, Gorgeous! These are really incredible!



The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/10/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/12/08

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

Music by Robert Allen
(05 Feb 1927 - 01 Oct 2000)

Words by Al Stillman, 1954
(26 June 1906 - 1979)
Oh, there's no place like
home for the holidays,
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine
Of a friendly face
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin' for Pennsylvania
And some home made pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a travelin' down
To Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee
The traffic is terrific

Oh there's no place like home
For the holidays, 'cause no matter
How far away you roam
If you want
To be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" postcard image courtesy of - 12/06/05

Bears and Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/06/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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